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$550,000 for Local Non-Profit Organizations

June 16, 2023

NORTH BAY – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is investing over $550,000 to seven local non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Community Fund and the Ontario Art Council.

“The funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Art Council help build healthy and vibrant communities through Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the non-profit sector through investments in community-based initiative,” said MPP Vic Fedeli “Local organizations like the Nipissing Regional Curatorial Collective and Les Compagnons enrich the lives of people in Nipissing, while playing an important role in building a strong and prosperous Ontario economy,” said MPP Vic Fedeli.

The Ontario Trillium Fund’s Community Resilient funding will help local non-profits deliver the best service possible to those in need and ensure our community will have ready access to their programming. The fund provides grants of up to $200,000 over two years to eligible non-profit organizations to build capacity, resilience and sustainability. Local recipients of this funding include the following:

  • $171,500 for Victim Services of Nipissing District
  • $169,000 for Les Compagnons des francs loisirs
  • $123,500 for Community Living Mattawa
  • $36,900 for Nipissing Regional Curatorial Collective Incorporated

The Ontario Art Council is the primary funder of the professional not-for-profit arts sector in the province. Its mandate is to foster the creation and production of part for the benefit of all Ontarians. Local funding includes the following:

  • $15,000 for the Pakinewatik Collective for their Indigenous Arts Project – To write an original narrative feature-length film script and prepare this script for pitching and production.
  • $12,500 for the Nipissing Regional Curatorial Collective for the 10th anniversary of the Ice Follies
  • $12,000 for the Capitol Centre to support a city-wide music showcase of local artists titled ‘Local Love’ as part of our Bluesfest festival in September 2023.
  • $12,000 for the On the Fringe Festival to support the coordination, promotion and presentation of their 10th annual festival in North Bay.

“Community Living Mattawa is excited to receive this funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation because it will provide us with an opportunity to upgrade and modernize the organization’s technology.  It will give our employees the tools they need to continue to provide excellent service and it will generate learning opportunities to the people we support, which will lead to greater independence, inclusion, and participation in our community.” – David Spencer, Executive Director, Community Living Mattawa. 

“We are grateful for the support provided by MPP Fedeli and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We look forward to contributing to the resilience and well-being of our community through these transformative initiatives funded by this grant. With this grant, we will develop a training and policy resource library, update staff policies post-pandemic, conduct professional development sessions for our staff among other resiliency building initiatives. We are grateful for the support provided by MPP Fedeli and the Ontario Trillium Foundation in enhancing our programs and services.” – Kathleen Jodouin, Executive Director, Victim Services of Nipissing District.

“For a young regional arts collective this kind of government support is an absolute game changer. The funds will directly assist artists and performers across Northeastern Ontario and allow us to continue to create professional development programs in the Nipissing district. What can I say, MPP Fedeli and I have been working side by side to grow our Near Northern arts and culture for many, many years. He’s always been interested and supportive of NRCC’s outdoor and in gallery events!” – Dermot Wilson, Executive Director, Nipissing Regional Curatorial Collective.

“We are thrilled and deeply grateful to receive the Resilient Community Grant from the Ontario Trillium Fund. This generous funding will greatly enhance our ability to serve our community. Our heartfelt thanks go to MPP Fedeli and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for recognizing and supporting our ongoing efforts. We look forward to continuing making a significant positive impact with this grant.” – Arnaud Claude, Director, Les Compagnons des francs loisirs.

“We are proud to be engaging so many more local artists in Bluesfest 2023 thanks to the support from the Ontario Art Council’s Northern Arts Projects. We have over 50 local artists, including musical acts and visual artists, participating this year at locations around the Capitol Centre and beyond with events happening across the city. With the outdoor concert portion of our festival being free admission this year, the OAC’s funding allows us to book more local artists than ever before. We are able to provide a platform to expose the local artists to not only members of our community but those who have traveled to the city to take in all of the Bluesfest events.”- Dan Misturada, Director of Programming and Events at the Capitol Centre.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to have supported thousands of community organizations over four decades to strengthen the social and economic fabric of Ontario. For a full list of grant recipients and details on how the OTF might be able to help your non-profit organization, please visit the OTF website.

Additional Information:

  • To stay informed on upcoming OTF grant applications, visit the following website: Homepage | Ontario Trillium Foundation (otf.ca)
  • The Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) – an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport – and has supported 3,048 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.
  • The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. For more information, visit: http://www.arts.on.ca/

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